On the same day Hubby went for that Chest CT Scan, I went to the dietician. I have to laugh. I don’t think they call her “the dietician” anymore. I think they call her “Nutritional Educationalist”. UGH. It means the same to me.
It’s really hard when I inherited so many things from my dad that aren’t things anyone wants….diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure…my body shape as I carry my weight around my middle. Yep. Dad blessed me with lots. He was a good dad though and that’s what’s most important… the rest manageable. If I take time to manage it.
Diabetes is definitely a thing on my Dad’s side of the family and most of my life, I kind of figured I’d be the one that got it. When I was diagnosed a few years ago I didn’t take it very seriously. I already knew I’d get it right? So I had what I expected. I took the pills and the pills managed it. Then a year ago my dose had to be increased. Still…I didn’t manage it as the pills were.
The last time at the doctor I got the “little talk”. UGH. I hate that “little talk”. This time she mapped out where I would be going if I didn’t take this all more seriously. I’ll admit, once I found out I had thyroid cancer and now with the subsequent issues I thought oh well, the cancer will probably get me at some point anyway…why stress over the diabetes stuff?
Well now with Hubby doing his stuff, I’ve realized that although my cancer might be back, I have to do what I can to take care of myself so I can help him. So…I’m taking my diabetes stuff a little more seriously.
When I met with her we talked about what would be most helpful to me. I said I don’t want an app for my phone. I don’t want to write everything down. I need something quick and easy. I told her I liked the OLD-OLD exchange program that Weight Watchers had years ago…like in 80’s.
She smiled and wrote out this plan for me….
PERFECT. My intention has been to type this out and make a printable sheet from myself but with everything going on, it was slow to happen. I wanted a week on one sheet.
I finally took time to do it….I’m happily checking boxes as I eat whatever it is. She did tell me that if I eat more veggies, it’s no big deal. In the end, I was pretty happy with whole appointment. I had been dreading it.
So hopefully…I can stick to it. The intention is not to lose weight-although I might. The intention is to eat better to manage my diabetes. I figured there might be someone reading this who might benefit from “my talk” too so thought I would share this with you all.
If you’d like a copy you can find it HERE. I don’t know about you but if I’m going to tracking food I need the simplest and easiest thing possible.